Author: Kennedy Layne
Series: Keys to Love #1
Release date: January 23, 2018
(Sub)genres: Romantic suspense
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A chance mishap with a sledgehammer was the sole reason a chilling nightmare was unleashed in Blyth Lake.
Noah Kendall’s grisly discovery left him in the middle of a murder investigation and a neighbor who knew more than she was willing to say. Reese Woodward had returned to town with dark secrets, and he was determined to unravel them. While evil lurks in the darkness, seduction burns between them…only time was their enemy.
Will her secrets destroy what they’ve built, or can he earn her trust before the killer strikes again?
Meeting while investigating the disappearance of two teenage girls? It doesn’t sound ideal, but for some people it works. Unlocking Fear tells the story of Noah Kendall and Reese Woodward; he returns home after twelve years of military service, she’s a summer visitor. There’s love and an unsolved missing teens case, I need to know more!
“The light touch of Noah’s hand on her lower back chased away all the stress that had settled in her muscles. It was as if her ears popped after a long flight in midair.”
After twelve years of being a soldier Noah is back in his hometown, and not just to visit. He’s ready to settle down and is going to restore one of the old, empty farms on the outskirts of town. Noah knows it will be a lot of hard work, but he doesn’t mind at all; his own house in his hometown is something he really wants. Seeing Reese is a bit of a distraction he doesn’t need, but spending time with her isn’t that bad.
Reese, a school teacher, hasn’t come to the town of Blyth Lake for just the summer holidays. Eleven years ago, her cousin Sophie has disappeared, and somehow her case seems to be related to the one of Emma, a girl from Blyth Lake who also went missing. Sophie meant a lot to her, and Reese needs to know what happened. She knows she’s only in town for the summer, but she can’t stay away from Noah.
“His blue eyes drifted down to her lips, which she parted involuntarily in anticipation. Her heart raced, and she had to tighten the grip on the mug in her hand to keep from dropping it.”
Unlocking Fear is the first book in the new ‘Keys to Love Series’, and introduces the reader to the Kendall Family and the small town of Blyth Lake. This first book is about Noah and Reese, the other books will follow his siblings. The story is told in third person, from a double POV. While each book is about a different couple, the unsolved case of Sophie and Emma is an important theme throughout the series.
I have to admit; Unlocking Fear was not what I expected. But as soon as I changed my mindset, I was hooked. Not only did I wanted to know what was going to happen between Noah and Reese, but I also needed to know more about those two missing girls. How can they have disappeared without a trace and what was the connection between them? It took a bit of time before things started to heat up between Reese and Noah, but given the circumstances it made it all the more realistic.
“Only one reason matters, Reese Woodward, and that is I love you.” “It took you long enough.”